You might want to sit down for this: In Monday's game against the Flyers, Joe Corvo became the 45th player to record 300 shots on goal as a Senator.

Honest.

"Oh really? Fourty-five? That's cool," the veteran defenceman said when informed of that little piece of organizational trivia the next morning at First Niagara Center. "It's nice to leave your mark somewhere. Obscure stat, but nonetheless "¦"

More significant is the fact that Thursday's home date with the Sabres will be the 700th NHL game of Corvo's career. What does it all mean to the 36-year old native of Oak Park, IL.?

"It means I went through a couple of lockouts and missed a bunch of opportunities probably to be closer to 1,000, which is what I'd like to play,' said Corvo, who is 85th on the games played list of active players. "It's special. A long career in the NHL doesn't happen to every guy. I feel good about it. It's exciting. It's a milestone, but not the one I really want. Like I said, I'd like to play 1,000 games."

But does he think it can happen? Another four-plus seasons? Ask Corvo that question a few weeks ago - during a stretch in which he was a healthy scratch for all but one of a dozen games - and the answer was easy. But Tuesday's game against Buffalo was the seventh in a row for Corvo, who has settle in as Chris Phillips' partner on the second pairing.